With many high school and college graduations approaching, it can be difficult to figure out an affordable gift that is also practical and will be put to good use. There are many soon-to-be graduates that appear to really have all they could possibly need so finding the ideal gift can be frustrating.
Gift-giving certainly is about the thought behind it so thinking outside of the box can really make an impact with a graduation gift. Here are some ideas to help you navigate the gift-giving-for-the-grad process:
Food Gift Cards
Whether graduating from high school or college, students can appreciate the convenience of free food. Fast food restaurants and convenience stores that are located near their location after graduation can help when funds are tight and hunger pangs are present. Buy a few cards in smaller increments to add some variety.
For high school grads moving on to college supplying them with basic necessities will be appreciated and is a good investment of your money. Start with a basket they can use for laundry or storage and fill it with an array of items. You can select a theme for the basket too adding products related to cleaning, school supplies, snacks, or entertainment.
College graduates likely will spend a lot of time on the road going to interviews to secure a job. Gifting them with gas gift cards can help them save on cash and offer a convenient way to keep the tank full in the lean months after college. High school grads will also appreciate free fill ups at the pump and you can be assured your gift will be put to good use.
Industry Magazine Subscriptions
If the graduate in your life already knows their career interests, you may want to consider gifting them with a subscription to industry publications. You can also buy a subscription to magazines related to their hobbies and personal interests. This relatively inexpensive gift keeps giving throughout the year.
Of course, money is always appreciated in cash form if you are unsure of what to purchase for a graduate. Just remember to set a budget for the purchase so you don’t go overboard in your own financial life.
What is your favorite gift to give to graduates or what would you have appreciated when you were graduating?
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